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Competency-Based Learning: ACFD Educational Framework for the Development of Competencies in Dental Programs

I had the pleasure to host Drs. Anne Charbonneau and Leandra Best, respectively from the Université de Montréal and the University of British Columbia. Our conversation was about the Association of Canadian Faculties of Dentistry’s revised document: ACFD Educational Framework for the Development of Competencies in Dental Programs. Dr. Anne Charbonneau greatly contributed to the development of these new competencies and Dr. Leandra Best actively participated in the implementation of this new educational framework in the Faculty of Dentistry at UBC. They shared their experiences with me and I hope you enjoy watching the conversation! Chiraz Guessaier, CDA OAsis Manager Resources ...

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Expenditures with the Most Return On Investment

During #ASM150, Dr. Suham Alexander spoke with Timothy A. Brown, CEO ROI Corporation, about expenditures in the dental practice that yield maximum return on investment.  We hope you enjoy the conversation!    

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Childhood Oral Health: Nova Scotia 2017 Oral Health Report

I had the great pleasure of speaking with Dr. Carla Sherman, Chair of the Oral Health Promotions Committee at the Nova Scotia Dental Association, and Dr. Jeff Bonang, President of NSDA.  we invited them on Oasis Discussions to tell us about the newly released Childhood Oral Health report which contains important information as well as a number of important recommendations on early childhood oral care. Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager Highlights Introducing good oral health habits early in life could mean Nova Scotia children will have better oral health, and better overall health, their whole lives. Early childhood caries (ECC), commonly known as ...

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How Important is Cashflow for the Dental Practice?

Tim Brown explains why “cash is King” in this video interview with Dr. Suham Alexander. Cash flow helps to determine the value of a practice and its debt-serviceability. In short, cash flow directly impacts its sale price. However, cash flow varies according to the stage or life cycle of the dental practice. Early on, especially as a start-up, a dental practice may cash flow negatively due to large initial investments in equipment and supplies. Between 5 to 10 years, it is not uncommon for a practice to cash flow upwards of 15-20% of revenues and even as high as 35%. ...

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Oasis Survey on Complete Dentures

In collaboration with the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry and Lifelong Learning (L3) at the University of Alberta, Dr. Cheryl Cable, Prosthodontist and Associate Professor in the School of Dentistry, presents a survey on complete dentures. She is the Principal Investigator in a study that aims to compare real clinical dentistry done by successful private practice dentists to what is taught in academic institutions. The goal is to make the teaching environments reflective of successful practice techniques. Let’s set up our new graduates for success!  We at CDA Oasis are happy to collaborate with Dr. Cable and the University of Alberta ...

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Ownership vs. Tenantship of a Dental Practice

In this video, Tim Brown returns to speak with Dr. Suham Alexander about the advantages of owning the practice premises versus being owned by the landlord of the premises. Overall, owning the building is a much more palatable option for the following reasons: No lease or landlord issues to deal with Lease clauses can be difficult to navigate – relocation, demolition, renegotiations etc. Attractiveness of the practice increases when the real estate is part of the deal In short, when considering buying or relocating a practice, making an investment in real estate, even in today’s market, is very worthwhile. It ...

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The Prospect of a Cavity-Free Future with Dr. Nigel Pitts

Dr. Nigel Pitts spoke with Dr. John O’Keefe about the prospect of a cavity free future, a concept he presented to the Canadian Association of Public Health Dentistry. Highlights The concept of a cavity-free future is pivotal to dentistry. There is evidence caries can be prevented by improving and changing what dental professionals can do. Much emphasis has been placed on early detection of caries using clinical detection, assessment and diagnostic treatment aids. Caries management is important from infancy through to adulthood/geriatric population. The ICDAS system stages dental caries. The goals of caries management are: Prevent new lesions from appearing. Prevent ...

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Clinical Humanities: Learning to look from different perspectives

Dr. Flora Smyth Zahra , Deputy Lead for Integrated Clinical Care Palace Team and Clinical Humanities program lead at King’s College in London. Highlights During spring term 2016 the the Dental Institute at King’s  developed and ran a new pilot module, Clinical Humanities for Dental Undergraduates to support the undergraduate Batchelor of Dentistry Science clinical teaching. In the belief that much more can be done within dental education to develop  crucial elements of practice, a pilot programme was delivered at the King’s Dental Institute that used the Arts and Humanities-based approach now accepted in many medical schools as part of a ...

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